A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Begi Mao, Seez waani, Seezi, Seze Wani, Sezo

13,000 (Küspert 2015).


Oromia region: West Wollega zone, K’ondala district.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).


None known. Closely related to Hozo [hoz] (Küspert 2015); distantly related to Bambassi [myf] (Bender 1975).


SOV; root-internal sibilant harmony; case-marking: Nominative always marked and Accusative marked differentially; impersonal construction serving for passive; prominence of mood in verbal inflection though aspect and tense also play a role; causatives; 22 consonants and 5 vowels (short and long); tonal, two levels, tone distinguishes between word classes; inclusive-exclusive distinction in first person plural; converbs, with switch-reference indicated by the presence of a subject clitic.

Language Use

Outside of the home, the use of the dominant language West Central Oromo [gaz] is increasing. Government encourages assimilation to Oromo. Home. Adults only. Also use Amharic [amh], Sudanese Spoken Arabic [apd], West Central Oromo [gaz].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 5%.


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.

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